Meaning of “relation” in the English Dictionary

"relation" in British English

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relationnoun

uk /rɪˈleɪ.ʃən/ us /rɪˈleɪ.ʃən/

relation noun (FRIENDSHIP)

relations [ plural ]

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B2 the way in which two people or groups of people feel and behave towards each other:

Relations between him and his new wife are rather strained.
formal Britain enjoys friendly relations with Canada.

relation noun (CONNECTION)

B2 [ U ] the connection or similarity between two things:

The relation between the original book and this new film is very faint.
She bears no relation to (= she is not similar to) her brother.
in/with relation to sth

B2 in connection with something:

She used the map to discover where she was in relation to her surroundings.

(Definition of “relation” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"relation" in American English

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relationnoun

us /rɪˈleɪ·ʃən/

connection or similarity:

[ U ] There was little relation between the book and the movie.

Relations are the connections between people, groups, organizations, or countries:

[ pl ] diplomatic relations

[ C ] a person who is a member of the same family as another person:

On our trip, we visited friends and relations on both sides of the family.

(Definition of “relation” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)